In an interview with Stephen Bates of The Guardian, Frank Griswold, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church has gone about as far as he can go in asking the people of California not to choose a gay bishop.
Griswold said: “The diocese needs to respect the sensibilities of the larger communion. It will note what is going on in the life of the church and make a careful and wise decision. It will then be up to the house of bishops to give or withhold their consent. Given what has happened over the last three years, I think there will be increased sensitivity.”
The seven candidates to succeed Bishop William Swing are in California now meeting people, giving talks, etc. California votes on May 6.